Ohio Takes Step Toward Castro Victim Reparations
Bill would provide up to $25K per year of captivity
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 16, 2013 9:20 PM CDT
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a missing poster still rests on a tree outside the home of Amanda Berry, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

(Newser) – State financial reparations for Ariel Castro's victims are inching closer to becoming a reality. Under a bill that today moved from a committee to Ohio's full House of Representatives, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight would receive up to $25,000 for each year they were held captive. That amounts to between $225,000 and $275,000 each, though other victims' assistance would be subtracted from the figure. The bill, which applies to all victims of "involuntary servitude" but was written with the trio in mind, would also pay for state college—both tuition and living costs—as well as medical bills, NBC News reports. The news follows a coroner's report on Castro that refutes earlier theories from the state corrections department.

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Oct 17, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
That's not what a yellow ribbon is for!
Oct 17, 2013 4:12 AM CDT
Seems like the state doesn't want to be sued for billions, smart move to compensate.
Oct 16, 2013 10:19 PM CDT
Ohio already offers compensation to victims, that includes: Payments are typically capped at $50K and can cover: Medical and related expenses. Counseling for immediate family members of victims of homicide, sexual assault, or domestic violence. Wages lost because of the crime. Crime scene cleanup for personal security, such as doors and windows. The cost to replace items taken as evidence. The cost to replace items of clothing damaged as a result of medical treatment or assessment. Payment for hearing aids, eyeglasses or other vision aids, dental appliances, teeth or other dental aids, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and other mobility equipment. Lost wages and travel expenses for family members of a deceased victim to attend court proceedings. Financial support for dependents of a deceased victim. Funeral and burial expenses. Since these kidnapped women's crimes occurred daily for 10 or more years, providing them a special payment of $25,000/yr does not seem out of line. And since Ohio already offers this to ALL Ohioans, comments regarding "setting a precedent" are moot. Don't begrudge them this compensation...none of you would willingly trade 10 years of freedom for such a small amount of money!!!!